Read hot: summer reading at Bull Wall, Dollymount. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

1 Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon (Vintage, £11.99) We tend to think children will resemble(...)

Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The physical book may well be under threat from the digital revolution, but a growing number of crime writers have decided that books are more dangero(...)

Patrick McCabe, Kevin Barry, and Ross Raisin. Photographs: Cyril Byrne, Matt Kavanagh, Angus Muir

Asking someone to name their favourite author or book is one of those cruel, impossible-to- choose questions. For some, picking a literary characte(...)

Emma Donoghue, Dermot Bolger, Liz Nugent and Karen Joy Fowler

A job scanning old regional newspapers (Niamh Boyce’s The Herbalist); a walk around a university campus with a child (Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are All Co(...)

Police search a black youth in Notting Hill during race riots in 1958, subject of Laura Wilson’s The Riot. Photograph: Knoote/Getty Images

T he Double (Orion, €19.99) is the second novel from George Pelecanos to(...)

Liz Nugent: ‘I seem to find screwed-up, sociopathic male characters intriguing.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

DARRAGH McKEON All That Is Solid Melts into Air Viking, March Set in a crumbling Soviet Union at the time of the Chernobyl disaster, All(...)

Author Liz Nugent. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A change is as good as a rest, so with the new year looming, and with it talk of resolutions, is it worth going a step further and and signing up for (...)

Impac shortlisted: Kevin Barry. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Last month, over a seven-day period, a flurry of lists appeared that, if nothing else, got people tutting, griping and generally talking about (...)